Positive prognosis on Koch return as Leeds star goes under the knife

Robin Koch

Leeds United have reportedly been handed some good news following the concerning knee injury sustained by defender Robin Koch.

The club revealed on Tuesday that the centre-back requires surgery after limping off in Saturday’s loss to Chelsea.

Now, BILD report that the club have appointed one of the ‘world’s leading knee specialists’ in Dr Andy Williams to oversee the Koch’s recovery.

According to the source, Leeds wanted to travel to Germany to see another revered specialist, Dr Christian Fink.

He previously helped former Manchester City winger Leroy Sane back from his long-term knee injury.

However, current English Covid-19 quarantine regulations meant this trip was ‘virtually impossible’ so the club has instead sent him to the Fortius Clinic in London.



The source (via Sport Witness) adds that the German will not be out for the rest of the season.

He is due to start rehab on Wednesday and could be back ready to play for club and country again as soon as March.

Koch had originally hurt his knee in Leeds’ Premier League opener against Liverpool but went on to player ten more games and an additional four for Germany.

After a collision at the weekend, though, the club said that the 24-year-old would need deeper medical attention.

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Koch foresaw his time on the sidelines

Robin Koch

According to Sport Witness, Koch said that it was “clear” that further nursing of his knee injury would eventually be needed.

He said: “At the beginning of the season we decided together with the doctors that I could play like this for the time being.

“But it was clear to us that sooner or later we would have to perform the procedure. The time came after the game against Chelsea.

“In view of a very important year for me in 2021, it is now crucial to be able to be back on the field in spring.

“Andy Williams is an absolute expert in this field. I felt that I was in very good hands with him from the start.”

Leeds United next face West Ham United in the Premier League on Friday evening.

A win would temporarily take them into the top half of the table.